Google and Twitter have teamed up with Indonesian authorities in a bid to try and curb or eradicate offensive and terror related content from their social media platforms.
The two companies have submitted themselves to the cause after authorities from Indonesia expressed concern over the presence of offensive content on social media. The authorities had threated to shut down messaging and social media in Indonesia if the social media firms failed to take the necessary action towards eliminating such content. Recent announcements have revealed that both Twitter and Google agreed to implement measures that will help remove extremist posts on their social media platforms.
Indonesia’s Information Technology Minister Rudiantara stated that Google would work together with some of the non-governmental organizations in Indonesia towards flagging offensive content on its online services including Google. They will adopt a system which the minister revealed that it will be up and running over the next three months.
“This shows our seriousness in clamping down on negative content,” said Mr. Rudiantara.
Indonesian authorities have become increasingly concerned about the presence of extremist content on platforms such as YouTube which is owned by Google. This is because the country is predominantly Muslim and extremists groups have been using social media platforms to try and recruit the youth by spreading propaganda.
Twitter is also taking similar steps that will prevent the use of offensive and terror related content on its microblogging platform. Other social media platforms such as Facebook already have strong measures put in place. Some of them include algorithms that flag such content and even allowing people to report issues such as abuse or inappropriate content.
Ann Levin, the regional director of policy and government affairs at Google stated that the company is looking to implement measures that will protect the people of Indonesia from content that supports drugs, radicalism, and terrorism. She revealed that Google has already implemented a system against such social evils in other regions including the U.S and a few European countries. The company intends to expand the system to Southeast Asia for the first time where it will be responsible for reviewing and flagging content.